General Motors Around the World (Part I)
PA-3414: This 1927 reel contains shots of (among other cities):
Osaka, Japan; Stockholm, Sweden; Melbourne, Australia;
Brussels, Belgium; Alexandria, Egypt; ?Berlin; and Lima,
PA-3415: This 1927 reel contains shots of (among other cities):
?Barcelona, Spain; highway construction in Spain; Sao
Paulo, Brazil; Port Elizabeth; Antwerp; Lima, Peru;
automobile dealerships worldwide; and gasoline stations.
PA-3416: Duplication of 1927 office workers & office scenes from
PA-2139 (see above).
PA-3417: Fisher Body Corporation Plant No. 1, at Flint, Michigan
(EXT shots); General Motors Canada plant, Oshawa, Ontario
(and automobile assembly line shots); boxed automobiles on
railroad cars ready for export; General Motors' proving
ground at Milford, Michigan: road test, slow motion of
1927 Buick plowing through water; blue tinted shot of GM
cars driving at night on test track, and driving through
snow / winter conditions; Canadian city in winter; City
in Brazil (?Sao Paulo?); boxing cars for export at
Bloomfield, New Jersey plant; loading boxed automobiles
onto railroad freight cars; boxed automobiles & trucks
being loaded onto cargo ships; harbors of faraway cities;
Sydney, Australia harbor & street scenes; more.
0:29:01 VS TU New York City skyscraper. 1920s pedestrians on
city street outside office building; workers enter office
building. EXCELLENT scenes of 1920s office workers: at
their desks, typists (men & women), stenographers, men
talking on telephones, sorting papers; in superb quality.
0:29:59 ls Title card "The Master Controls, with which the New York
executives can 'feel the pulse' of any export operation,
at any time". Man inspecting papers or invoices tacked to
0:30:31 ls "The General Supply Department's inventory controls": men
in office, most writing at 2 large desks, 1 man standing
beside large manually-controlled panel (evidently
tabulating inventory of General Motors' exports).
0:33:52 vs Animated panels showing the chain of command at General
Motors Export, from the President, to Vice-President &
General Managers, on down to Sales Manager, Finance
Manager, et al.
0:10:00 vs Consists merely of 4 minutes of outtakes (from PA-2139) of
ext (office building) shots of the massive granite General
Motors Building, and int shots of the General Supply Motors Building,
Department at GM. Not terribly interesting.
GENERAL MOTORS AUTOMOBILES SALES EXPORT FOREIGN TRADE ECONOMICS FOREIGN NATIONS COUNTRIES
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